|Updated: 5/22 5:34 pm
||Published: 5/22 5:00 pm
Living in Oklahoma, Mark Ellerd told FOX23 it was second nature to prepare for a tornado.
As the storm approached he said he went to the safest place he knew to go, away from windows and into the closet.
Mark Ellerd’s belongings lay scattered on what used to be his lawn, but the room that saved his life still stands.
“We always thought it was the safest place to go and as it turns out it was,” said Ellerd.
On Monday, Ellerd heard the sirens wailing and had a gut feeling telling him it could be bad.
“I didn't pay much attention until he told me that it was like May 3rd,” he said.
When he heard the meteorologists say it was coming toward the Warren Theater his instinct of where to go kicked in and he climbed into the safest place in his house, the closet.
“I just laid down on the floor and started hearing it hit and then all of the glass breaking,” he said.
Ellerd watched as the roof was ripped from his home.
“I didn't know if I was gonna die or not, I was kind of scared, praying to god to spare me and he did,” he said.
Standing in the debris Ellerd says the closet stand as reminder he will make it through once again.
“I'm just glad to be alive,” he said.